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New seismic provisions for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program released

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October 26, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor 

The provisions present a set of recommended improvements to the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Standard.

Feds push use of eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

   

March 13, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Local officials that don’t comply could lose federal money to combat climate change.

Tariff whiplash for bifacial solar modules

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January 07, 2020 | Will Porter, PE, Electrical Engineer

Bifacial solar systems offer many advantages over traditional systems.

 What building owners and AEC teams need to know about New York’s Climate Mobilization Act

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December 02, 2019 | Alison B. Hoffmann, Hoffmann Architects, Inc.

On April 18, 2019, the New York City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a suite of laws...

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Illinois law sets maximum retainage on private projects

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September 12, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The change is expected to give contractors bigger checks earlier in project timeline.

Retreat may be the best option for some coastal communities in face of sea level rise

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September 10, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A new study makes the case for relocating in a "strategic, managed" manner.

Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks

The Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks, is based on provisions in the 2006 to 2015 editions of the International Building Code.

   

September 09, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A free app that calculates the maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occup...

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The high cost of gridlock: $166 billion per year

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Growing economy means more jobs, more cars, more hours stuck in traffic.

Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AGC asks for more funding for education and increased immigration to fill gaps.

Code-conforming wood design guide available

Photo: Tall wood building student residence currently under construction at UBC in Vancouver, B.C. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

  

August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide summarizes provisions for the use of wood and wood products in the 2018 IBC.

LEED Residential market up 19% since 2017

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Green Building Council says that the LEED residential market has grown 19% since 2017. N...

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Slower speed limits in urban areas offer multiple benefits

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Improved safety, better adoption of electric scooters and autonomous vehicles are possible if dri...

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Renewables creating significant savings for commercial and public facilities

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Payback ranges from five to 15 years.

Oregon rescinds tsunami-zone construction ban

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Other states have no ban, but have strengthened building codes for tidal wave resilience.

Pop-up parks revitalize empty lots

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Pop-up parks that provide instant open areas for public use and programming can revitalize under-...

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July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The move follows successful public input on LEED 4.1.

Lack of standards hampers development of exoskeleton industry

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July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guidelines, common terminology, and testing methodology are needed, says expert. 

July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Concrete Institute offers guidance on assessment, repair, rehab of existing concrete str...

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Collaborative for High Performance Schools releases 2019 Core Criteria Version 3.0 Update

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The update adds credits to lower carbon footprints and to promote climate change resiliency.

Campaign launched to promote ‘climate-smart wood’

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Forest Stewardship Council and other groups aim to help buyers understand and make it easier...

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The walkability trend is spreading to urbanizing suburbs.

Chicago-area joint venture antes up $1 billion for Opportunity Zone development investment

The Decennial Group, a joint venture of two leading real estate developers, is investing in Opportunity Zones to take advantage of new tax incentives. Image: Decennial Group

April 07, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Decennial Group says it’s looking at 250 potential projects, primarily in America’s heartland and...

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Silicon Valley cities considering taxes aimed at large employers

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May 30, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is to offset the impact on housing costs and homelessness by tech companies.

U.S. steel and aluminum mills could get a market-share boost from import tariffs. But the industry can't say for certain yet which products or producers will ultimately be subject to those duties. Image: Pixabay

April 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Are import quotas and a “Buy American” infrastructure mandate in the cards?

Katerra's sole factory, in Phoenix, produces wall panels, roof and floor trusses, cabinets, and countertops. The company, which recently raised $865 million in new venture capital financing, expects to have five more plants operating by year's end. Image: Katerra

March 04, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Investors flock to this vertically integrated startup, which automates its design and constructio...

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The map includes easily accessible and detailed information on each of the nearly 34,000 historic buildings within the city’s 141 historic districts. 

December 21, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission launched a new, enhanced version of its inter...

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August 24, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Vacuum dust collection, water-delivery systems, and respirators will be required.

Construction spending outpaced the nation's GDP growth in 2016, according to JLL's latest construction outlook. But spending remains uncertain this year, as the industry waits to see whether new policies on labor and trade emerge from the new administration. Image: Pixabay

March 22, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Impacts on labor and materials costs at issue, according to latest JLL report. 

A new study by PwC details how the industrial sector could get more involved as an influencer, and possibly as investors, in the massive infrastructure spending program that federal lawmakers and The White House now seem committed to moving forward. Image: Pixabay

March 16, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The accounting and consulting firm PwC offers the industrial sector a five-step approach to getti...

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September 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Missouri is the latest to enact design-build legislation.

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